New jazz club to open in downtown Louisville

The jazz club will be in the basement of Another Place Sandwich Shop. | Photo by Kevin Gibson

Earlier this month, Insider brought you the news that Goodwood was hosting a weekly jazz series for all the jazz aficionados in town longing for a place to hear live music. And now, we’re happy to report two local entrepreneurs are bringing Louisville its very own underground jazz club called Jimmy Can’t Dance.

The club will open this summer in the basement of Another Place Sandwich Shop on Seventh Street, directly across the street from 21c Museum Hotel, and will host live music four nights a week. The shop’s owner, Brian Goodwin, has teamed up with Monkey Wrench’s Dennie Humphrey to help run the club.

Humphrey will bring his bar expertise to the beverage program and plans on offering affordable jazz age-inspired cocktails, bourbon and craft beer.

“We want the bar program to be simple enough that you can get a drink quickly and get back to enjoying yourself,” said Humphrey in a press release. “The menu will have variety but will be price-conscious. We don’t want anyone priced out of the experience.”

Dennie Humphrey

The club’s name is a tribute to Goodwin’s father, Jim, who first opened Another Place Sandwich Shop 45 years ago and was an avid music lover.

“Jim loved music, but he most certainly couldn’t dance,” said Goodwin in the release. “Louisville has a great music scene, and we’re looking forward to adding to it while honoring my dad in the process.”

According to the release, the club will include residencies by professional musicians and also serve as a place for young talent — including students from UofL’s School of Music — to hone their craft. They’re hoping to be open by mid-summer and will offer live jazz four nights a week. Jimmy Can’t Dance will be located at 119 S. Seventh St., between Main and Market.